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ROMEO GACAD/AFP/GettyImagesA koala is handled by wildlife personnel at Martin Place public square in Sydney’s central district.

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33 Harrowing Scenes From Mexico’s Drug War

Battlefield scenes from the war with no end in sight.

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Big Fire

Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/GettyImagesA Mexican soldier stands guard during the incineration of 5,835 lbs. (2,647 kg.) of marijuana, 77 lbs. (35 kg.) of cocaine, 2.2 lbs. (1 kg.) of methamphetamine, and 1,797 units of psychotropic pills, on June 22, 2012 at the army base in Monterrey, Mexico.

Gold Silver Guns

OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty ImagesAn arsenal belonging to drug lords is displayed after being confiscated by the General Attorney Office in Ciudad Juarez on April 23, 2007.

Skull Beers

RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesA skull is seen at the entrance of the town of Arteaga on May 11, 2014. Arteaga is the village where drug trafficker Servando Gomez, aka "La Tuta," the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, is from.

Tank Crushing Guns

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesThousands of guns belonging to drug cartels and seized by authorities are destroyed by tank in Ciudad Juarez on February 16, 2012. At least 6,000 rifles and pistols were destroyed.


MAURICIO DUENAS/AFP/Getty ImagesA narcotic policeman organizes 3.1 tons of cocaine hydrochloride destined for Mexico and seized in the port of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia on November 9, 2005.

Bloody Footprints

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesBloodstained footsteps are seen at the entrance of a drug treatment center in Ciudad Juarez on September 3, 2009. A surge in drug-related violence around that time saw at least 40 people killed in the troubled northern border region.

Destroyed Car

RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesA burned truck is pictured at the Comedero Colorado ranch, in the municipality of Tamazula on October 18, 2015. Dozens of bullets hit civilian cars and houses in the Mexican mountains during a Marine operation chasing fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Blood On Ground Grass

HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty ImagesOn May 23, 2015, a member of the state police stands by a bloodstain during a search for evidence inside the ranch along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Tanhuato, where cartel gunmen took cover during an intense firefight with police. Mexican federal forces killed at least 42 suspected cartel members β€” with only one police officer dead β€” during a three-hour gunfight in the ranch, marking one of the Mexican drug war's bloodiest battles.

Bullet Holes

LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty ImagesA man walk past the bullet-riddled house used by alleged drug dealers during the May 27 shootout with members of the Mexican Federal Police in Culiacan on June 3, 2008.

Rocket Launcher

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images"Aparato," a member of a civilian self-defense group, poses for a photo with a LAW rocket launcher in Apatzingan on February 12, 2014, 12 days before the first anniversary of the uprising of these self-defense groups out to fight the drug cartels.

Bodies Soldier Gun

Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty ImagesA member of the Mexican Navy stands before the bodies of two alleged drug traffickers who died in a shoot-out at the Costa Azul Hotel in the resort city of Acapulco on March 15, 2010. Thirty alleged hit men and a civilian died in the shootout.

Gold Pistol Cash

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesA seized weapon and cash horde belonging to cartel member Manuel Alquisires Garcia are presented to the press following his arrest on September 10, 2011 in Tamaulipas.

Border Wall Hills

David McNew/Getty ImagesA US Border Patrol vehicle drives along the US-Mexico border fence as agents carry out special operations following the first fatal shooting of a US Border Patrol agent in more than a decade on July 29, 2009 near the rural town of Campo, California. The agent was killed on July 23 when he tracked a suspicious group of probably smugglers and traffickers in the remote hills north of the border in this region.

Soldiers Walking

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty ImagesMexican soldiers walk next to the site of the incineration of 23.5 tons of cocaine in Manzanillo on November 28, 2007. In the biggest cocaine seizure in Mexico's history, authorities found the cocaine hidden inside containers that had been shipped from Colombia.

Skull On Ground

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesMexican police stand near a skull discovered with other remains in what is thought to be a large grave in the desert of victims of recent drug violence on March 19, 2010 in the county of Juarez.

Silhouette Gun

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty ImagesA member of a self-defense groups patrols the road between Tepalcatepec and Apatzingan, in the state of Michoacan on February 12, 2014.

Gun Bullets Fire

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesA Mexican soldier stands guard as 6,613 lbs. (3,000 kg.) of seized marijuana and 4,400 lbs. (2,000 kg.) of cocaine are incinerated on November 5, 2009 in Ciudad Juarez.

Body Police Tape

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesOne of the five corpses found near the border at Zaragoza international bridge, lies on the ground in Ciudad Juarez on May 28, 2010. Ciudad Juarez, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is the most violent city in Mexico with over 2,660 murders in 2009 from a war between drug traffickers, the government said.

Gold Guns

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesView of cartel gun butts made of gold, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies to form the Mexican flag, in Culiacan on July 12, 2011.

Marine Holding Gun

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty ImagesA Mexican marine stands guard as 15,432 lbs. (7,000 kg.) of seized marijuana are incinerated on July 9, 2009, at the naval base in Guaymas.

Gun Pile

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesThousands of guns lie on the ground before their destruction in Ciudad Juarez on February 16, 2012.

Blood On Sidewalk

Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty ImagesCivilians observe a crime scene in which the corpse of a man with a notice attributing the crime to a drug cartel, lies in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Acapulco on November 10, 2011.

Drugs Parking Lot

FRANCISCO VEGA/AFP/Getty ImagesMembers of the Mexican Federal Police guard over 105 tons of seized marijuana on October 18, 2010 in the border town of Tijuana.

Bullet Holes Windshield

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty ImagesMexican Army soldiers passing by are seen through the bullet-riddled windshield of a truck in Apatzingan on December 12, 2010. Gunmen from La Familia drug cartel blocked several roads in the surrounding area during a confrontation between drug cartels and Federal Police.

Gold Rifle Bullets

Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/GettyImagesA gold-plated AK-47 rifle belonging to Ramiro Pozos Gonzalez, aka "El Molca, "the alleged leader of "The Resistance" drug cartel, is presented to the press in Mexico City on September 12, 2012.

Women Arrested

STR/AFP/Getty ImagesA group of women of Los Zetas drug cartel are presented to the press at the Mexican Navy headquarters in Mexico City on April 17, 2011. The women were arrested with Omar Estrada Luna. Estrada is accused of having planned and ordered the killing of 72 migrants in August 2010 and having ordered the slaughter of more than 145 people, found in mass graves in San Fernando.

Seized Weapons

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesConfiscated weapons numbering more than 200, drugs, and uniforms belonging to Los Zetas are viewed by the press on June 9, 2011 in Mexico City.

Hanging Body

Dario Leon/AFP/Getty ImagesThe body of a woman hangs from a bridge in Monterrey on December 31, 2010. It's not at all uncommon for cartels to display the dead bodies of their victims in this way.


Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty ImagesAn iguana hangs from the uniform of a Mexican soldier during the burning of a combined 17.5 tons of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey on April 8, 2014.


YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesA quilt lies on the ground, in an alleged drug camp used to bury victims in "Cerro Gordo," where at least six more mass graves were found in Iguala on October 13, 2014.

Cash On Table

Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/GettyImagesIn Mexico City on June 15, 2012, Mexican marines present to the press the alleged member of Los Zetas drug cartel Eric Jovan Lozano Diaz, aka "Cucho," and some money seized during his arrest.

Truck Markers

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty ImagesA member of the Mexican police investigating a double murder walks among the markers used to identify spent shell casings in Ciudad Juarez on March 25, 2010.

Huge Drug Fire

ALONSO ROCHIN/AFP/Getty ImagesForty tons of marijuana seized in Tijuana being burned by the Mexican Army at their training camp in El Aguaje de La Tuna on May 16, 2014. According to the Interior Ministry, this was the largest seizure of marijuana thus far for the current administration.

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